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Blog: JustRob

Patrick McGoohan, co-writer and star of the cult 1960's TV series The Prisoner stated that its underlying theme was that "Each man is a prisoner unto himself." In the final episode, as the titular prisoner repeatedly tries to unmask "Number One" all he finds is another mask until finally he sees...
Today It occurred to me that the people in my dreams are all strangers, apart from my angel and even when she figures in them we tend to be parted quickly. I must be very reclusive to dream only about people whom I don't know. On the other hand I doubt that I would recognise anyone in my dreams...
Having watched the film The Martian recently I got Andy Weir's original novel from the local library yesterday morning and have just finished reading it. Yes, that's why I read library books, because it would cost me five pounds per day to buy paperbacks to match the speed at which I read. That...
Those who have read my more whimsical anecdotes will realise that I get a regular supply of inspiration at our local supermarket. My brain is pretty well in neutral as I mindlessly push the trolley around behind my angel and the least thing can fire my imagination. This morning was no different...
Today I posted on a thread where the terms "hook" and "synopsis" were mentioned. Reflecting on these I realised that, while the hook for my novel was what persuaded me to write it, I never managed to write a synopsis despite many attempts. I think I understand why now. A couple of days ago my...
I have been collecting coincidences relating to my novel ever since I wrote it years ago. Today I found a corker, purely by chance as I have no idea who the people involved are or what they do. In 2009 Laura Ann Masura (Who?) was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and fellow musicians...
My fiction writing still keeps coming back to bite me. It's even biting itself now. My writing revolves around people whose past lives get mysteriously changed. For example, there is a private eye who keeps discovering that the events that he is asked to investigate never actually happened and...
It's still happening. I've written about it before but I doubt that anyone believes me. Nevertheless it is a part of my life and the only explanation for my having written a novel so spontaneously back when I did. I am referring to the fact that my novel is apparently based on my future...
So my WIP isn't in progress at present because I have no reason to write. I have considered this state of affairs, understand it and am comfortable with it. I could explain it all here but on reflection I have no reason to write this either. Ah, blissful peace at last. The muse is sated. Of...
I was recently in Waterstones buying The Last Dark, the final book in the long running Thomas Covenant series by Stephen Donaldson. I found it on the table where they'd put their favourite science fiction / fantasy books. Being the final book it necessarily tied up all the loose ends in the...
The title of this item is of course a quotation from the first chapter of my novel. Well, that's the usual signature feature of my writing out of the way. Such sentiments expressed in my writing are unsurprisingly often my own, so I wonder just how warily I should tread within these forums...
Recently I attended the annual speech day at my old school as I am a donation governor there. That doesn't mean that I am involved in governance of the school but simply that I have been awarded the honorary title as a result of making donations to its funds. The school is hundreds of years old...
Several years ago some errant muse from another dimension made use of my brain while I was sleeping. I only know because each morning there were memories strewn around inside it that hadn't been there the day before. It was like someone telling me about a TV series that they were watching on a...

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